Space Studies Thesis Defense: Marsh
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
May 9, 2007
Space Studies Thesis Defense
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â€œPsychological Stressors Among Five Astronauts and Cosmonauts'
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): Melinda Marsh, Space Studies Distance Ed student, will present her thesis on Thursday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Ryan Hall, Room 111. Her presentation, entitled â€œPsychological Stressors Among Five Astronauts and Cosmonauts', is open to faculty, staff, and students.
As humans continue to experience space missions of longer and longer duration, more and more high intensity stressors are going to be experienced. Although physiological stressors have been studied, there have been few studies on the psychological stressors. Those that are present primarily focused on the polar environment as a space analogue. In order to answer the question of how stressors may affect future astronauts and cosmonauts, the physiological and psychological reactions to stress must be considered not only the type and intensity of the stressors.
Five astronauts and cosmonauts representing three space agencies were surveyed regarding their experiences with different stressors including their perceived frequency, intensity, and the likelihood of occurring in such a way as to jeopardize mission success in both LEO missions as well as long duration missions as to Mars. Stresses in EVA were also considered. Some initial recommendations on stress reduction will also be mentioned.
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind's entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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